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CraiGDaniel
04-10-2012, 11:13 PM
Helping a friend's mum out for his birthday, my gift is to spec and build the pc cheaply for her. (not getting paid for this)

They already have a SATA HDD, KB, Monitor, DVD-Drive, Mouse, OS.

I need;

Case + PSU
Motherboard
CPU
RAM.


Use: Internet browsing, spreadsheets, photo viewing, watching dvds. Light gaming (solitaire type games)


I have a spec in mind but im a little behind on the latest stuff.

(sandybridge, 4gb ddr3)

What would you build for the price considering usage required ?

DCGPX
04-10-2012, 11:20 PM
Helping a friend's mum out for his birthday, my gift is to spec and build the pc cheaply for her. (not getting paid for this)

They already have a SATA HDD, KB, Monitor, DVD-Drive, Mouse, OS.

I need;

Case + PSU
Motherboard
CPU
RAM.


Use: Internet browsing, spreadsheets, photo viewing, watching dvds. Light gaming (solitaire type games)


I have a spec in mind but im a little behind on the latest stuff.

(sandybridge, 4gb ddr3)

What would you build for the price considering usage required ?

Your not going to get much for 130, but that said its not exactly going to be overworked.

Something like this lot would prob be a good guess and guide. Not state of the art but would be good enough for what its intended use is going to be.

http://www.cclonline.com/product/75956/AMDEntertainmentBundle/Motherboards/AMD-Entertainment-Component-Motherboard-Bundle/BUN0129/

A case can be had cheap enough.

Any places near you that do similar bundle deals?

CraiGDaniel
04-10-2012, 11:43 PM
Nowhere near me really with bundle deals. I like the bundle, however the software is un-needed.

Given me the idea to look around for bundles though :D

DCGPX
04-10-2012, 11:50 PM
Nowhere near me really with bundle deals. I like the bundle, however the software is un-needed.

Given me the idea to look around for bundles though :D

Ignore the software, its just thrown in as costs less than tenner anyway.

Postage is next day at 5 so might be worthwhile.

Pick a case locally.

Are you member of any Trades Only places that might have similar?

CraiGDaniel
04-11-2012, 12:00 AM
Unfortunately not a member of anywhere. Would you say that bundle is more than adequate for my 'clients' needs? Seems great to me.


Considering hes been using a 10 year old desktop with 512mb ram, and a 1.6ghz pentium for the last 10 years, and not even a single OS reload within that 10 years.


I can get a similar priced build with a 3ghz intel dual-core sandbridge for around 130. Would you say opt for the AMD ?

bertie40
04-11-2012, 12:11 AM
Judged by the usage, I would look more at the RAM than the CPU.

What OS is planned for the system?

Is it 64 bit ? If not then anything with more than 3 gb is a waste of money as 32bit has that memory limitation.

Personally, I prefer the intels.

Having said that, the CCL triple core AMD looks a good deal. I've used them for years and they are my main supplier (as I live just down the road).

StableSolutions
04-11-2012, 12:39 AM
I like Newegg's barebones systems. They're affordable and pretty decent specs for a self built system. (Don't know if they ship to UK... Never tried but pretty sure they would)

DCGPX
04-11-2012, 12:39 AM
Judged by the usage, I would look more at the RAM than the CPU.

What OS is planned for the system?

Is it 64 bit ? If not then anything with more than 3 gb is a waste of money as 32bit has that memory limitation.

Personally, I prefer the intels.

Having said that, the CCL triple core AMD looks a good deal. I've used them for years and they are my main supplier (as I live just down the road).

Good point about RAM.

So what is the OS going to be?

@Bertie40 - So where are you based if local to CCL?

CraiGDaniel
04-11-2012, 01:02 AM
http://img836.imageshack.us/img836/8306/capturetcpu.jpg

The intel equivalent, only cheaper. Thoughts?


Also 64 bit win 7 ultimate is waiting.


Links to hardware in image:

http://www.ebuyer.com/281424-celeron-g530-2-40-ghz-lga1155-2mb-bx80623g530

http://www.ebuyer.com/274065-ez-cool-black-case-with-500w-psu-na-705b

http://www.ebuyer.com/279549-asrock-h61m-vs-socket-1155-vga-5-1-channel-audio-matx-motherboard-h61m-vs

http://www.ebuyer.com/251985-pny-ddr3-4gb-1333mhz-dimm-d4gbn16m1333h-sb

DCGPX
04-11-2012, 01:58 AM
http://img836.imageshack.us/img836/8306/capturetcpu.jpg

The intel equivalent, only cheaper. Thoughts?


Also 64 bit win 7 ultimate is waiting.


Links to hardware in image:

http://www.ebuyer.com/281424-celeron-g530-2-40-ghz-lga1155-2mb-bx80623g530

http://www.ebuyer.com/274065-ez-cool-black-case-with-500w-psu-na-705b

http://www.ebuyer.com/279549-asrock-h61m-vs-socket-1155-vga-5-1-channel-audio-matx-motherboard-h61m-vs

http://www.ebuyer.com/251985-pny-ddr3-4gb-1333mhz-dimm-d4gbn16m1333h-sb

Personally I wouldnt touch a Celeron when I can get a full blown CPU for aroundthe same price

CraiGDaniel
04-11-2012, 02:37 AM
Personally I wouldnt touch a Celeron when I can get a full blown CPU for aroundthe same price

Is there a huge difference? Both chips have good reviews, both have powerful gpus, i know celeron have a rep for being sluggish however i feel a sandybridge may be different.

Tepin
04-11-2012, 05:12 AM
I'm American so I'll take your budget and multiply it by 2 and pretend like we are talking dollars.

I know I'll be off, but if it's obscene I apologize. Just beer with me.

Case + PSU: the PSU is obviously what matters here. Everyone has their favorite brand. Personally I'm still running the same 600w Cooler Master I bought when my last one died 6 years ago. I like it. On a budget, look for a case + PSU combo built by your favorite PSU manufacturer.

Motherboard: Based on your specs I'd go with LGA 1155. I'd drop in a chip like:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116399

In whatever low end motherboard is compatible and you like. Intel boards have better warranties but lack cutting edge features like USB 3 and 6GB SATA.

4 GB of DDR3. 8 if there is money left over.

KompuKare
04-11-2012, 10:00 AM
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The intel equivalent, only cheaper. Thoughts?


Also 64 bit win 7 ultimate is waiting.


With the Llano your paying for decent 3D performance but if they only need 2D / Aero, the Intel should be okay. I wouldn't get that case / PSU though. My motto is if getting cheap get the cheapest 'cut-your-fingers' case BUT a half decent PSU.

QuickFind Description Total
344016 Gigabyte GA-A55M-DS2 A55 AMD FM1 7.1 Channel HD Audio mATX Motherboard 41.15
291000 Crucial 4GB DDR3 1333MHz Rendition Memory Module CL9 1.5V - RM51264BA1339 16.70
320951 AMD A4 3300 2.5GHz Socket FM1 1MB L2 Cache Retail Boxed Processor 46.53
265747 Casecom CM-262 Shiny Black MicroATX Case 9.99
271798 Corsair 430W V2 CX Series PSU 35.58
Cart total inc vat: 149.95

Over budget though. Guess if you go back to the Celeron and the Asrock, it would come to exactly 130.

bertie40
04-14-2012, 12:03 AM
I love the phrase "cut-your-fingers case". where the panels are so thin you could wrap a turkey in it and cook it on gas mark 6 with a few potatoes.

Oh so so true ;)